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The British Library pays $14m for oldest European book

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The British Library has paid just over 14 million dollars to acquire what it describes as the oldest European book to survive fully intact. The St. Cuthbert Gospel from seventh-century Britain is in such good condition because it was found inside the saint's tomb.

Dr Claire Breay is one of the few people who have handled the book. She is the lead curator of medieval and earlier manuscripts at the British Library and joined Mishal on Impact for a discussion about the significance of the book.

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